Chilliwack Players Guild brings Rickrack to the Wack

The Chilliwack Players Guild announced that its newly created fringe-style theatre festival will be called Rickrack in The Wack.

The Chilliwack Players Guild's new Chilliwack Fringe Festival — which was announced earlier this year in August — has been given the name Rickrack in The Wack. Above, festival curator Ian Fenwick speaks during the announcement.

The Chilliwack Players Guild's new Chilliwack Fringe Festival — which was announced earlier this year in August — has been given the name Rickrack in The Wack. Above, festival curator Ian Fenwick speaks during the announcement.

The Chilliwack Players Guild announced that its newly created fringe-style theatre festival will be called Rickrack in The Wack.

Those familiar with needle and embroidery work will recognize the term ‘rickrack’ used to describe a type of fringe often used in clothing and quilting.

On examining synonyms for the Chilliwack Fringe Festival, curator Ian Fenwick had come across ‘rickrack’ and the committee agreed that paired with the word ‘Wack’ (an affectionate nick name for Chilliwack) it provided an original and striking title for the festival. And so Rickrack in The Wack was born.

The Chilliwack Players Guild announced the Chilliwack Fringe Festival earlier this year in August.

Like fringe-styled festivals across the country, the Chilliwack Fringe Festival will provide opportunities for theatre groups from the local community, the Lower Mainland, and from all corners of the province to present their work in a non-competitive, celebratory theatre event.

The initial festival will feature 12 shows spread over five days from May 3 to 7, 2017 in two theatres.

“The Chilliwack festival aims to present a wide range of theatre from edgy-experimental, newly-created work, to established contemporary and classic plays, to plays for young audiences,” says Fenwick. “The festival will begin with a fun-filled opening ceremony and reception on Wednesday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. and plays for young audiences will be a feature of the first day of the festival.”

Each production will play four times over the five-day festival with productions running simultaneously in both theatres. Plays selected for the festival will ideally have a 60 minute running time.

Ticket prices will be $10 per show and patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase a festival pass for all 12 shows.

Theatre groups wishing to submit a show for consideration can contact festival curator, Ian Fenwick, at ian.fenwick@ufv.ca by Dec. 31. Late applications may be accepted up to Jan. 31, 2017, if places are still available.

For more info, contact Chilliwack Players Guild president Astrid Beugeling at astridb@shaw.ca, or Sandy Tait at joyahawk@yahoo.ca.

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